2 February 2017
Author: Vera Tussing & The Place

Resolution throwback: Vera Tussing

This year we hopped on our time machine and took a look at the past of Resolution. We had a chat with five previous Resolution artists whose choreographic career has galloped and chasséd since then. Here are their most vivid memories of Resolution, the things they wouldn't do again, and their tips for new choreographers.

Vera Tussing participated in Resolution 2008 and is now a Work Place artist. You can see her new piece Mazing here in April.

1. Why did you apply to Resolution?

I had created my first duet, Beautiful Dance, with Albert Quesada and Resolution was the place where everybody took their work in 2008.  

Photo from Vera's piece, Beautiful dance in Resolution 2008

2. What do you remember most about your experience in Resolution?

A very memorable moment was becoming aware that my work had very little resemblance with the UK scene work and I was nervous about it. Eventually after our show an audience member wrote a letter of complaint to John Ashford. A year later I met John Ashford on a tram in Brussels. We had not really met before, I introduced myself and he told me about the letter he wrote in defence of our show. I have a print out of it in my flat still today! 

3.  What would you have changed (about the process or your piece) if you could go back in time?

Absolutely nothing. It was a great moment of confirmation that my/our work is like marmite, not everybody's taste. But those who like it are as vocal in their support as their opponents - and if things are fragile I think it's important to turn on a slightly selective hearing.

4. How did Resolution shape your career as a choreographer?

We received a great review that night by Keith Watson ( 14 Feb 2008) . He called our work an 'understated delight'  and press has an for once we benefited from that!

Photo from Vera's piece, The Palm of your Hand as part of The Place's Autumn 2016 season

5. What would be your advice to an aspiring choreographer? (in general, not just in terms of Resolution)

My friend and colleague Petra Söör said to me after we presented our first show at The Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio, the same duet we showed at Resolution: "Vera this is a moment to put into a box, remember it when things look less promising." I revisit that box frequently! 

See who's performing this year in Resolution >>



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